A Hundred Day Plan: Project Wildflower

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Hello lovely friends,

A few years ago I completed Project Happiness, a 100-day personal challenge based on new experiences. It was a great experience, for me, my family, and for the thousands who keep reading these updates years later (knowing this is like receiving a hug for each of you - xxoo)

If I had to define 2016 with one word it would be 'disruptive.'  The first week of January to June was shadowed by a Union strike at the company in which I work.  For five weeks we dealt with extensive water damage to our home. Mix in sixteen weeks of training for the London Marathon, and late July we welcomed a new addition to our family... an eight-week old puppy!

Calmness is not a word I would use to describe the year yet it's something I try to create.  Memorable yes, serene it was not.

SO to start 2017 off strong, I have been working on a new project.  One focused on trying new things and creating fun memories.  Nothing difficult or requiring training.

Inspired by the quote 'Like Wildflowers' I am starting the year with a new 100-day challenge. 100 days happens to be 14 weeks (Jan 1 to April 10) so it's only fitting that I have a list of 14!

  • Watch a Foreign Movie
  • Build/create a craft room
  • Get Crafty: learn to needlepoint
  • Read a Classic
  • Write a children's book
  • Do a good deed / Pay it Forward
  • Learn to juggle
  • Making your own pasta
  • Create a mood board on pinterest and print it on day 100
  • A beautiful bird house
  • Go rock climbing
  • Write a haiku
  • Start a collection of vintage children's books
  • Plan and plant a Wildflower Garden

I created a long list and narrowed it down over with input from the World Traveler.  We enjoyed a glass of wine, dinner and a movie. When I asked him to participate, he smiled.  Together we will build a birdhouse, go rock climbing, make pasta, and learn to juggle. 

Want to join me? Build your own list, use mine or parts of it.  Post updates to Instagram with #Wildflowers100 to share your wildflower moments and experiences.  If you don't use IG, you know how to connect with me.  I would love to read about your first 100 days of 2017.

Together we can make a giant bouquet of wildflowers!


100 Days Later...

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I have been wanting to write this story for at least 15 years and am thrilled with the final product. Andrew was the editor, collaborating, documenting a story I told him for years.

Ichabod is an imaginary character who visited our family in the nineties. No one remembers when Ichabod first visited us but he liked to appear during story time.  I don't remember him visiting us after we moved, which means he was an occasional visitor from ages three to nine.  

Having just one child, a gullible boy, I made up all kinds of imaginary friends to entertain him.  Ichabod the invisible flying Yak was nice but liked to tickle. The Target Monster tapped on dangling feet when we shopped (playing hide and seek).  AND just one time the McDonald's Ham-burglar took a bite from Andrew's hamburger while playing in the play area post hockey practice... a silly act by a statue caused us to never eat in the kid's play again.  

This book will be added to our book collection - documenting sweet memories.

Looking at the 100 day list,  below is what I was able to complete:

  • Watch a Foreign Movie
  • Build/create a craft room
  • Get Crafty: learn to needlepoint (I opted to try something a bit easier. Starting with Cross-stitch.  I completed three Christmas themed projects.)
  • Read a Classic (The Secret Garden)
  • Write a children's book (see above)
  • Do a good deed / Pay it Forward
  • Learn to juggle (I can juggle about six times before dropping a ball. confession: Phoebe ate one of the juggle balls so I really should keep this on my list with a goal of ten passes) ;)
  • Create a mood board on pinterest and print it on day 100
  • Write a haiku
  • Start a collection of vintage children's books (I hope to add to this new collection over the years.)
  • Plan and plant a Wildflower Garden

Yet to try:

  • Making your own pasta - I bought a pasta maker but was overwhelmed by the comments from people telling me how difficult i
  • A beautiful bird house
  • Go rock climbing

Did you set any goals for yourself this year, or join me in a 100 day list?  If yes, I would love to hear how it went.